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Here's a secret.
When Nathan first said he would bring over "Bohnanza" for us to play. I immediately thought of this.
For young folk out there - that's the theme song to the TV show Bonanza. Which was a popular western on TV. And I used to watch re-runs growing up. On Sundays because Channel 39 in Dallas ran westerns on Sundays. And it was before we had hundreds of channels on cable. And of course no Internet.
Back to our card game.
This game is a game from a small outfit named Rio Grande Games.
And it can be played with 2 to 7 people. My wife joined us so we had 3.
In general the game is similar to Gin Rummy.
The goal is to collect the most coins by harvesting your beans.
There are cards of different types (all of them are beans). Some beans like the Wax bean are prevalent. Thus it takes more of them to get coins. Other beans may only have 6 total in the deck, thus are harder to ge…
I (Mark) did. I really enjoyed it. And I still miss playing pen and paper RPG games. In future I hope we can cover some variations including the Mythics engine. Which lets you play without a GM or Dungeon Master. And even play solo.
Note - Nathan's never played old school DnD. His generation had Magic the Gathering.
And I told him how Nathan and I started this blog project about board games.
Mo's Nathan's age. At my day job most of our consultants are fresh out of college. And one of duties is train them up.
And Mo and Nathan are part of that crew.
Anyway, I told Mo about our little project.
And he was excited. It turns out that his family used to play board games on Sunday night.
Another fact that warmed my heart was hearing that DnD hadn't died out yet. That even the kids who played Magic the Gathering still played DnD.
And his high school friends even did what I did in high school around DnD - they adapted it to fit their favorite shows. Though in my case (last generation to fight Cold War) - ours involved fantasy of fighting the Soviets, his generation played Anime heroes.
Also - his crew got to use the rules from the open source D20.
I had to make mine all up from scratch without the Internet. I don't mean that to come off as "ol…